Chronological Resume

Chronological Resume. What is it?

The word chronological means arranged in order of time.

When you create this type of resume, you prepare your Education and Work History in reverse chronological order.

In other words, you list your most recent Education and your most recent Work History first and work backward. Everything before that follows in reverse order of date.

It is the most commonly used format for a resume.

So, if you are considering writing the perfect resume, you must be aware of this resume style. Even if you would settle only for writing a good resume, you'll need to be aware of this type and the other styles as well.

The benefit.The benefit of this style is that the reader can see clearly what you are doing currently and what you have been doing in the past few years. This resume is prepared to provide a complete listing of your history. Very little is omitted. But it still has to be brief!

It provides a very good road map of what you have done and who you are – and it’s probably the most common form of resume.

The disadvantage. The disadvantage of this type of resume is that some people think that they have to enter every single job they’ve held, and every single course or upgrading class that they’ve taken – and that means that the Chronological Resume can become a very long and tedious piece of writing.



Make the important information jump from the page. One of the most important tips for resume writing is to make the important information "jump from the page"!

Will your document pass the all-important 10-second test? Only if you carefully plan what you’ll include and, more importantly, how you will include it.

This type of resume may be a good style for someone who wants to send out a rather generic resume to many companies. It provides an overall picture and presentation of who you are and what you have done, with no particular emphasis in any one area.

There are certainly situations when this standard style of resume is appropriate. It may be appropriate for the first-time job-seeker and it may be appropriate to show that you have always been employed, or that education has been a priority for you.

The writing format of your resume depends on how you wish to portray yourself to the potential employer.

Suggested Sections. You may consider including the following sections:

  • Objective
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Skills
  • Achievements
  • Volunteer Activities
  • References

Below, is a sample of a resume for a student.

The objective is important, along with the "relevant skills" or "relevant qualifications" so that the reader can clearly see why this individual has applied.

Everything else is listed in a chronological format.

The resume is succinct and fits cleanly onto one page. The most important information "jumps from the page."

Effective business correspondence will include a facility with resume writing, and the chronological resume should be part of your business repertoire.

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